Wipe oil over the surface.
Wipe off dirt; wipe away grease.
Wiped my feet before I went inside.
Wiped furniture polish over the table.
Wipe the dishes.
Melissa wiped her glasses with her shirt.
I wiped the sweat from my brow with the back of my hand.
Tom started to wipe his eyes.
I accidentally wiped my hard drive.
Multiple wipes of a computer's hard disk.
- to remove; erase
- to kill off
- to destroy or demolish
- to make emotionally or physically drained or exhausted
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of wipe
- Middle English wipen from Old English wīpian weip- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English wipen, from Old English wÄ«pian (“to wipe, rub, cleanse"), from Proto-Germanic *wÄ«pōnÄ… (“to wipe"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)weib-, *(s)weip- (“to twist, wind around"). Cognate with German wippen (“to bob"), Swedish veva (“to turn, wind, crank"), Gothic 𐍅𐌴𐌹𐍀𐌰𐌽 (weipan, “to wreathe, crown"), Old English swÄ«fan (“to revolve, sweep, wend, intervene"). More at swivel, swift.